Educators and Researchers
Dr. Mirella Veras, PT, PhD, MSc, Post- doctoral in Rehabilitation Sciences
Director, Canadian Institute for Mobility and Aging. Dr. Mirella Veras is a registered physiotherapist in Canada with a postdoctoral in Rehabilitation Sciences at the University of Montreal. She has over 18 years of experience as a physiotherapist and reseacher, including as a clinician, consultant, professor and coordinator of health services. She worked as a consultant for the Pan- American Health Organization and Epidemiologist for Health Canada. She has experience working with older adults in rehabilitation care, including older adults with physical problems and mental health and/or intellectual disabilities. She is also an instructor for Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Preventions. She is an associated investigator of the Nursing Best Practice Research Centre and also member of the Canadian Physiotherapy Association, Centre de Recherche Interdisciplinaire en Réadaptation du Montréal métropolitain (CRIR) , Canadian Partnership for Stroke Recovery and Canadian Association of Community Health Centers. Clinical and research interests: aging, technologies for rehabilitation, benefits of the Tai Chi for healthy aging, pelvic floor and aging, chronic diseases and mental health in older adults.
Maureen Eagle Aalders, PT
Educational Instructor, Canadian Institute for Mobility and Aging. She is a registered physiotherapist in Canada with a Baccalaureate Degree in Physiotherapy from Dalhousie University in Halifax, Nova Scotia. She has 35 years experience as a physiotherapist, primarily as a clinician, but with experience as an educator as well. The vast majority of her career has been spent working in a number of long term care settings through the department of health with seniors who have mobility challenges - many of whom present with dementia and assisting persons in placement through the department of community services who present with multiple physical, mental health and/or behavioural challenges. Maureen instructed the body mechanics, ergonomics and fall prevention modules for the licensed practical nurse and continuing care assistant programs in all of the local community colleges for over ten years as well as through various contractual training programs for eight years previously. She is also a certified instructor in Tai Chi for Arthritis and Fall Prevention. Clinical Interests: Aging, Seniors' Health, Benefits of Tai Chi for Healthy Aging, Safe Mobility for Seniors, Ergonomics
Dr. Carlos Tatmatsu, PT, PhD
International member, researcher at the Canadian Institute for Mobility and Aging. Professor, Federal University of Ceará (UFC), Brazil. PhD in Physiotherapy and Biophysics, Federal University of São Carlos (UFSCAR) and Harvard Medical School / Massachusetts General Hospital; M.Sc. in Biophysics from the Federal University of Pernambuco, Brazil. Currently, He coordinates a funded research consortium involving Brazilian and Canadian researchers developing new strategies for the use of telereabilitation for patients who have degenerative diseases in order to make rehabilitation accessible for people living in the most deprived areas in Brazil. His research interest are: technological innovation in physiotherapy and phototherapy. He is also a reviewer of the journal Skin Pharmacology and Physiology and Biophysics.